“Stacy, all that chore listing and stuff is cool, but I work outside the home. Sometimes part-time and sometimes full time. I still need help managing a home – how can I get this place under control?!”
I still believe dedicating certain days to certain tasks can work for you. It will take some tweaking on your part, but I think you can make it work and get your home under control.
I homeschool my children and run our business here at home, so that to me feels like a full time+ job. BUT, I know I am here all day and that makes a big difference. It would be super easy for me to give you some tips on this matter, but in all honesty…I really don’t know what I’m talking about. It would be me giving you advice about something I know nothing of.
So, I asked two friends of mine to chat with me a little bit on how they are managing a home while also working outside of the home. I think you’ll gather some good tips. This is an audio blog, because it just made the most sense to conduct it that way.
Maybe you can listen to these posts on your commute.
In this interview, you’ll be hearing from Sonja over at Practical Stewardship. She has great wisdom and great recipes! I’ll put her notes below the audio. Enjoy!
Sonja’s Main Points for Managing a Home When You Work Outside of It:
- Managing a home does not mean doing all of the work. Sometimes it means delegating in an efficient way.
- You have to decide what is most important to you. For me it is always having the kitchen clean. Because the clean kitchen means that we can do work in it. So whatever happens during the day, at the end of the day the kitchen has to be clean. When you have a clean kitchen you’re more likely to make food at home, and that saves money.
My favorite recipe from Sonja is her Chocolate Granola. SO GOOD!
- And whenever we have leftovers, I make sure those go in for lunch for the next day. We always prepared that the night before, so the morning is less hectic. I put out as much as possible the night before as far as lunch is a go, the non-perishables like bananas and trail mix or whatever.
My second priority is having clean clothes. As soon as I have a load to do I am making sure that it’s getting started. Now that my kids are older they can start the load, and when it’s done they can put it in the dryer.
- As the new school year begins and I go back to school teaching about half time, our priority is now to have the kids put away the dishes right away after eating breakfast. Last year I had the luxury of leaving after my family did, and it was a dream! This year I will leave at the same time or just before my family leaves for their school so I will not be able to clean up after them.
- I try to have the kids sweep the floors in the evening. It doesn’t get done every day, but it does get done at least every couple of days. And then they “shark” using our mop alternative. The vacuuming gets done once a week on Saturdays by my oldest daughter who is 11.
If you have unanswered questions, please post them below in the comments and we’ll get back to you. Also, let us know what you think about audio blogs. Thanks!